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Fresno company recalls ground beef products

A Fresno-based beef company is recalling hundreds of thousands of ground beef products that may be linked to a salmonella outbreak, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The 825,769 pounds of ground beef products, produced by Beef Packers Inc. from June 5 through June 23, bear the code “EST 31913” and were distributed to Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah, USDA officials said in their recall statement.

“Because these products were repackaged and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall,” USDA officials said in the statement.

The recall investigation began shortly after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notified federal officials of a salmonella outbreak there. An investigation linked the cases to the California company’s fresh ground beef products.

Officials warned consumers that this particular strain of salmonella newport is resistant to common drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at (877) 872-3635.

-- Ruben Vives

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